Writer: Roxanne K. Tarapor ~
Owing to our rich history in hair and beauty remedies, it is only fitting that an increasing number of natural beauty brands have entered the Indian market in the last decade. The one thing all these brands have in common is trust in natural ingredients versus chemical laden materials. Below is a list of some of the Ayurveda based natural products you may want to switch to.
With a range of health care, personal care and baby care products Himalayan Herbals is one of the few 100% natural Indian brands in the market. They use rare herbs to research and develop Ayurveda centric remedies. These products are usually available at your local drug store.
We recommend Himalaya Herbals Apricot scrub which retails for Rs. 130
Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Pack which retails for Rs.130
One of the leading natural and affordable cosmetic companies, Lotus Herbals has a large range of beauty, hair, and sun-protectant products. Here too, the use of herbs is given importance and each product undergoes highly controlled and quality assured manufacturing process.
We recommend the Lotus Herbals Tea Tree Clarifying Face Pack, which retails for Rs. 165
Lotus Herbals Frujuvinate skin perfecting & rejuvenating fruit pack which retails for Rs. 165
A hair and beauty company with a social spirit, the Mahatma Ghandi inspired venture uplifts and helps village people to become self employed. They produce an exclusive range of handmade soaps, shampoos, oils, face packs and more.
We recommend the Khadi Aloevera Face Wash With Scrub (Sls & Paraben Free) which retails for Rs. 250
Available on Snapdeal.com, which retails for Rs. 240
And, the Khadi Shikakai Hair Oil (Set of 2) which retails at Rs. 189 (on Khadinatural website)
An Ayurvedic pharma company turned cosmetic brand, Vaadi Herbals has 150 years of experience in herbs and their multiple benefits. With products for the skin, body, face and feet, it has received local as well as international success.
We recommend the Vaadi Herbals Papaya Face and Body Cream (90gm) which retails for Rs. 75 (available on Nykaa)
5. Just Herbs
Luxury products, not focused on the luxury aspect, Just Herbs believes in full discloser of ingredients to their customers and that pure natural remedies are just as effective as chemical ones. Available on Nykaa.com and the Just Herbs website.
We recommend the Just Herbs Sun Nil Jojoba-Grapeseed Moisturizing Sun Protection Lotion (100ml) which retails for Rs. 495
Doing it the right way, actress and model Lisa Haydon has been making homemade products for us and they’re so good, you may want to eat them. Until she finds preservatives that are truly natural and organic, they will be kept out of the mix, and we’re more than happy about that.
Best-selling right now is the Naked Vanilla Jasmine Lavender Bath/Body Salt Scrub available on Fabbag.com for Rs. 400
We also loved the Naked Honey and Almond cream but it seems to be discontinued unfortunately.
Probably the greenest of them all, Kronokare Cosmetics takes care of you and the environment simultaneously. Going beyond just using environmentally friendly ingredients, this versatile brands also uses environmentally friendly sourcing methods for their raw materials so that they do not increase their carbon foot printing and the hazards caused by importing. They also utilize recyclable packaging for all their products, so that they are 100% biodegradable.
We recommend the Kronokare – Go A(Long) Way – Growth Boosting Hair Oil (100ml) at Rs. 595 available at, http://www.kronokare.com/
And the Kronokare City Detox Face Wash 100ml Rs. 395
Another ayurvedic brand in the running, Jovees Herbal has a portfolio of 125 hair, skin and body care products we need to try.
We recommend the Jovees Anti Blemish Pigmentation Face Mask (120gm) which retails for Rs.195 and the Jovees Bhringraj & Olive Intensive Restructuring Hair Oil (110ml) which retails for Rs. 132
As the name suggests, this brand believes in the ancient way of life when the only remedies consisted of herbs and other natural ingredients. With eco friendly farming methods and the use of only organic produce Ancient Living products are free of synthetic dyes, perfumes, additives, parabens, pthalates and sulphates. Available at The Health Shop and the Ancient Living website.
We recommend the Soapnut hair cleanser (100 gm) which retails for Rs. 125 & the Ancient Living Luxury Bath Powder (100 gm) which retails for Rs. 175
10. Soul Tree
Using only organic or forest collected materials; Soul Tree is another natural brand that doesn’t believe in the use of chemicals. Their Ayurvedic extracts made fresh and in-house making their manufacturing process certified clean for the environment. They do not test on animals and all their packaging is easily recyclable, so that’s a win-win. Available on Nykaa.com and The Health Shop.
We recommend the Soultree Licorice & Shikakai with strengthening Bhringraj Hair Repair Shampoo, (250ml) which retails for Rs. 575
11. Kama Ayurveda
A brand that has earned international success and a staple at some hotel chains and spa, Kama Ayurveda has left a prominent stamp on the Ayurvedic cosmetic market. Their treatments are 100% natural, vegetarian and use the highest quality of natural ingredients. No artificial colours, fragrance, petrochemicals, parabens, urea, propylene glycol or other harmful additives.
We recommend the Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Face Cleanser (100ml) which retails at Rs. 375
Combining 5000-year-old Ayurveda with modern Swiss biotechnology, this brand is one of the oldest cosmetic brands in India. Biotique uses only 100% organic and pure, preservative-free ingredients packaged in ecofriendly materials and no animal testing.
We recommend the Biotique Bio Cucumber Toner (120ml) which retails for Rs.160
A brand that knows beauty and packaging, Forest Essentials is without a doubt the most luxurious of all natural beauty experiences. Their products are handmade with seasonal formulations, organic cold pressed oils, herbs and pure essential oils.
We recommend the Forest Essentials Body Mist Iced Pomegranate with Fresh Kerala Lime which retails for Rs. 1,675